Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Getting Ready For The Con

I'm really excited. This weekend I'll be attending the 1st Annual Long Beach Comic Con. I haven't been to one since Wizard World 2005 and I've got a ticket for the entire 3-day event. I'll be there meeting creators, artists, etc, gathering more content for the blog and just doing the whole fanboy thing. If you see me there don't forget to introduce yourself. Peace!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Black, Jack Johnson

That post about Muhammad Ali last week make me nostalgic. This time out I want to talk about his predecessor. For those of you unfamiliar with your Black History, Jack Johnson was the world's first Black heavyweight boxing champion. He was the first in a great many things and I could easily write a series of post just about him as I am so inspired by his story.

Jack Johnson's greatness did not go unnoticed. He was a Black celebrity athlete during a time when much of the United States was ruled by racism. Stories of his life are immortalized in the play and movie The Great White Hope and the documentary Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. Songs reference him in Folk music, Blues, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Artists such as Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, and even Mos Def created music inspired by the great boxer.

There's even an online comic book biography available online called "The Original Johnson" that you can view for free. It's more than worth a look. This is the guy that paved the way for Black Superheroes like Muhammad Ali.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Just A Touch of Blackness In Upcoming Movie

A couple of pics of Black Lightning from the upcoming direct to video animated movie Superman Batman Public Enemies. I'm not too fond of the mask. The character will be voiced by Levar Burton. Oh and I don't want to forget to mention Amanda Waller who will be voiced by CCH Pounder. Neither one of them made the trailer but you can catch a glimpse of them in the First Look video if you look real close:

Monday, September 14, 2009

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest of All Time

During Michael Jackson's funeral someone told me that Michael was the most loved Black man on the planet. I'm not trying to hate on Michael but I thought, "What about Muhammad Ali?" It's no secret that Muhammad Ali was a hero to many, myself included. He was positive, powerful, and larger than life. Comic books, TV shows, and movies show us plenty of super characters that have no super powers. Why not Muhammad Ali?

Monday, September 7, 2009

The 99

Having some Islam in my upbringing, I try to stay aware of how the religion and it's believers are seen around the world. I also have friends that practice the faith though I, myself, do not. Since Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, it stands to reason there would be comic books that speak to those believers. When I heard about The 99 I was interested and decided to check it out. The comic book book has apparently been out for a couple of years now and is currently outselling Superman and Spider-man in the Persian Gulf. READ MORE...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Blokhedz Episode 3

Yo, Blokhedz Episode3 is finally out and I only have two complaints: How short it is and how long I had to wait for it. As I struggle to figure out how Blak's powers work, it seems that he isn't the only one with them. Oh and there's a bit of spoken word in this episode too. Enjoy!